Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013)
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In Far Out, we meet an artist who creates boundary-exploring erotica and provocative political art, while penning best-selling children's literature with mischievous wit and childlike innocence. He arrives on American shores eager for economic opportunities and new creative freedom, and he leaves having offended even the tolerant and open-minded as he pushes past the limits of propriety. He becomes a broadly appealing artist and Madison Avenue success story, a singular artist steeped in piquant
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"Far Out Isn't Far Enough" [has] a raconteur's charm rare among film studies of artists' lives.
Ungerer is a lively, articulate interview subject, acerbically funny about his run-ins with censors and anyone else who would hope to quash his colorful contradictions.
For the most part, Bernstein lets Ungerer, still impish in his 80s, do the talking.
In 1958, Ungerer's picture book "Crictor" featured an unlikely hero, a boa constrictor, and the usual anodyne pabulum served up to bored kids would no longer do.
As provocative as the art is - whether G-rated or R - the artist is even more interesting. Still sketching, still engaged, and, as the film closes, still searching for the outer reaches of enough.
Ungerer's ice-blue eyes, sharp tongue and palpable enjoyment in shocking the bourgeoisie make him an engaging narrator.
A deft, intelligent, tense and exciting melodrama from Denmark about a Danish ship taken by Somali pirates.
Does every semi-famous person deserve a full-length documentary about them?
The art floats and comes to life, animated and illustrating the flights of fantasy that continue unabated at [Ungerer] studio.
The film brilliantly incorporates Ungerer's art into its visuals in ways that are as instructive as they are delightful
A formidable creative force fueled by massive contradictions, Ungerer is a kind of self-analytical shrink here. Conflicted yet inspired by identity issues, political injustice art, and a weirdly beloved treasure trove of headless sex slave barbie dolls.
Children's book author, antiwar agitator and pornographer for the carriage trade, Tomi Ungerer is one of the more interesting artists of the past half-century. Be thankful that this documentary captures his essence.
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